By contactus@dentalrockville.com
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds a tooth begins to wear away, leaving the tooth and its roots exposed. You may notice sensitivity, teeth appearing longer or notches above the tooth. If recession goes left untreated, pockets may develop in the gums allowing food and bacteria to build up. This can lead to advanced gum disease and may end with having the tooth removed.

What are some of the things that cause gums to recede? 

1. The main cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease damages the bone and gum tissue that keep your teeth in place.

2. Genetics is also a factor in gum disease and recession.

3. Inadequate dental hygiene, like brushing aggressively, can wear away at the gum tissue. Tartar build-up due to a lack of brushing and flossing can also cause gums to become damaged. 

4. Teeth grinding or clenching can be another cause of recession. If done with enough force, gums can actually begin to recede. 

5. Lip or tongue piercings can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Proper oral care is the first step in ensuring your gums remain healthy. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD to receive a periodontal exam.

Previously, we discussed two popular screening options for detecting oral cancer. Now, we would like to go over what some of the common signs are that may be related to oral cancer. It is important to remember that oral cancer is easily treatable when caught in the early stages. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 42,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. The best way to detect oral cancer is through screenings, but there are some signs you should look for. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but they should not be ignored or left untreated. 

So what signs should you be aware of?

- Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
- Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
- An unexpected shift in your teeth
- Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
- Patches in your mouth that are red or white

If these symptoms do not go away after roughly two weeks, you should see your dentist immediately.

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If you have never received a screening for oral cancer or would like to be checked again, schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

Cancer is a scary topic and one that many people do not want to think about, but it’s important that you know what to do and how to get tested so you can catch cancer in the early stages. In our two-part series, we want to help you understand oral cancer and what you can do to prevent it. 

To begin, we will take a look at the two kinds of screening methods that are done to check for oral cancer. Oral cancer is actually one of the most curable forms of cancer when caught early enough.

There are two main types of screenings, OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. 

OralCDx uses a brushing technique to determine if you have any harmful cells in your mouth that have the possibility of developing into cancer.

Vizilite Plus works by checking your soft tissue and can detect if any of that tissue has a chance of becoming oral cancer.

Both of these tests are easy to complete and can help save your life. 

There are some factors that increase your likelihood of oral cancer, such as using tobacco products or drinking alcohol. These are not the only things that can cause oral cancer, but they are some of the more common reasons. 

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To learn more about what causes oral cancer, click here. 

Be sure to stay tuned for our next blog where we will discuss some of the signs of oral cancer.

Do you live in the Rockville, MD area and need to see a dentist?

If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels. During your routine cleaning, your mouth will also be checked for any signs of oral cancer. 

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By contactus@dentalrockville.com
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Health

With Halloween coming up at the end of this month, families are preparing for the scariest day of the year. For dentists, Halloween is also pretty terrifying as well, just for different reasons. With Halloween comes candy, and with candy comes cavities.

This year, we want to help your children keep their teeth healthy and give you a couple of possible options to help make sure your kids do not come home with a year's worth of candy.

 

Use smaller trick-or-treat bags

You may notice this, but every year kids tend to carry around pillowcases to trick-or-treat with. To make sure your child does not bring home all that candy, buy them an appropriate sized Halloween bag or bucket. Stores will sell them with the rest of the Halloween items, this is a good way to limit how much candy your child brings home.

 

Split up the candy

After their night of trick-or-treating, you should make sure you create a smaller portion of candy for your child to have. Using small baggies, you can place a few pieces of candy in each so when your child wants some candy they are not eating too much.

 

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Set the location

Another way to control the amount of candy is to limit your kids to a specific neighborhood or number of streets. This is also important for you as a parent if you are not going with your kids since you will want to know where they are.

 

Be sure your children brush their teeth after they eat any candy as well! We hope everyone has a happy Halloween!

 

Interested in scheduling a teeth cleaning?

 

If you are in need of a professional teeth cleaning and check-up, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
October 02, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

You may be grinding your teeth at night if you wake up with a headache or an aching jaw. Or maybe your teeth are sensitive to food and drinks that are hot or cold?

Bruxism, also termed teeth grinding, is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw.

There are two main types of bruxism:

Awake Bruxism 

The symptoms of awake bruxism may possibly not exist at all on waking up, and then worsen over the day.

Sleep Bruxism 

Signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism seem to be worse upon waking and improve in the course of the course of the day.

Because stress is normally the primary reason for teeth grinding, we have put together a short list of ideas to help minimize stress. 

1. Watch what you eat and drink right before you go to sleep; alcohol and caffeine may contribute to bruxism
2. Try not to clench your jaw or grit your teeth while you are awake
3. Have a healthy and well-balanced diet
4. Get on a regular sleep pattern
5. Relax prior to bed; try various strategies, such as listening to comforting songs

Do you suffer from bruxism?

If you are looking for relief, be sure to consult with your dentist. Dr. Samuels is always welcoming new patients to his office in Rockville. Feel to schedule an appointment with us today. 





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